Jumbo Review Movie
Jumbo will tell the same story. The girl (Noemie Merlant) is on a ride at the amusement park. Girl gets on amusement park rides. But does her mother agree? Based on the true account of a woman's journey to got married to the Eiffel Tower. Belgian Zoe Wittock's screenplay is a masterful exploration of the subject of 'objectophilia', a sexual attraction and fascination with non-animate objects. It's a subject that could be naive and boring but Wittock has a voice that is not just credible but also emotionally affecting and enthralling, thanks to Portrait Of A Lady On Fire's Noemie Merlant, who plays the woman who has a passion for shiny, spinning metal.
Merlant is Jeanne is a shrewd and socially awkward, thirtysomething female who is at home living with her sour and obnoxious mother (Emmanuelle Bercot) and spends her time slapping to spanners and constructing miniature fairground rides. Her first job is at a run-down amusement park as a late-night cleaner, and soon begins to draw the attention of a ferocious coworker (Bastien Bouillon). But Jeanne is only interested in anotherattraction, a brand-new one named Move It — she affectionately calls it Jumbo — which she is meticulously taking charge of, lavishing the knobs with love, informing it how to communicate through moving and colored lights (red light for no reason and green means go and goand finally, she is able to reassure her of 'him' in a long Under The Skin-y impressionistic piece that goes beyond the mark with the metaphorical black machine oil dripping down.
The star of the group is Merlant who is completely committed to Jeanne's mix and sexual ferocity.
In a sense, Jumbo bizarrely shares DNA with Close Encounters Of The Third Kind by using lights and whistles to communicate. Wittock is able to infuse her story with a fairytale-like vibe Thomas Roussel's electronic score oscillates from the dark to dreamlike, which contributes to the unreal feeling.
Through the film, the director displays compassion and kindness toward her eccentric character and the story she tells. Her standout character is Merlant. She completely shares Jeanne's mix of sexual ferocity and diffidence, and when things are conspiring to keep the couple from getting along, perfectly conveys the feeling of being thwarted emotions and anger. The last act is somewhat off-track and, despite that, Jumbo provides a nice Valentine to show love wherever it is.